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Relax, last-minute fantasy hoops crammers.
There’s still enough time to set yourself up for a monstrous 2018 NBA season.
It might require some warp-speed research ahead of Tuesday’s opening night, but we’ll get the ball rolling below with a top-20 overall ranking and three sleepers to target for maximum value.
Fantasy Basketball Top 20
1. Giannis Antetokounmpo, SF/PF, Milwaukee Bucks
2. Anthony Davis, PF/C, New Orleans Pelicans
3. James Harden, PG/SG, Houston Rockets
4. LeBron James, SF/PF, Los Angeles Lakers
5. Russell Westbrook, PG, Oklahoma City Thunder
6. Karl-Anthony Towns, C, Minnesota Timberwolves
7. Kevin Durant, SF/PF, Golden State Warriors
8. Nikola Jokic, C, Denver Nuggets
9. Stephen Curry, PG, Golden State Warriors
10. Damian Lillard, PG, Portland Trail Blazers
11. Ben Simmons, PG/SF, Philadelphia 76ers
12. John Wall, PG, Washington Wizards
13. Kawhi Leonard, SF, Toronto Raptors
14. DeMar DeRozan, SG/SF, San Antonio Spurs
15. Andre Drummond, C, Detroit Pistons
16. Joel Embiid, C, Philadelphia 76ers
17. Jimmy Butler, SG/SF, Minnesota Timberwolves
18. Victor Oladipo, SG, Indiana Pacers
19. Donovan Mitchell, SG, Utah Jazz
20. LaMarcus Aldridge, PF/C, San Antonio Spurs
Brandon Ingram, Los Angeles Lakers (Average Draft Position: 65.7)
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When LeBron James speaks, it’s probably best to listen.
“Look out,” James told ESPN.com’s Dave McMenamin with regard to Ingram. “I think he’s next.”
Ingram has always looked the part of a budding star (6’9″ with a 7’3″ wingspan), and he certainly has the pedigree as a former No. 2 pick. He’s already a near across-the-board contributor (16.1 points, 5.3 rebounds, 3.9 assists last season), and his shooting percentages could all be trending up given the number of open looks James will likely create.
The Lakers have long thought the world of Ingram. That won’t change with James’ arrival. In fact, establishing that relationship might be the most critical component of transforming this team into a full-fledged contender.
Ingram’s assists might come down a bit, but there will be growth potential in his points, rebounds, steals and three-pointers.
Josh Richardson, Miami Heat (ADP: 97.7)
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We’d advise you to get familiar with Richardson, but it’s hard to imagine you aren’t by now given how often his name has been connected to the Jimmy Butler trade talks. By the way, that’s a good indication of Richardson’s upside—both that the Minnesota Timberwolves would value him this much and that the Heat would be reluctant to move him.
Richardson dazzled as a three-and-D standout last season. He was the only player to tally at least 100 threes, 100 steals and 75 blocks, and he did so while setting a slew of personal bests and topping his career shooting rates from all three levels (45.1/37.8/84.5 slash).
The hope is